December 2007


Happy 2008 new year all. 

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ps. the Chinese do it better.  This year, there will be events in Nottingham on the 9th 10th February, celebrating the new year of the Rat.

Sam, my son, came to visit for a couple of days. Nice to see him again. ‘My, how he’s grown’. Currently to do with Bassline Circus, tol3, Free-kuency-festival crew & totalresistance. He’s a sound system and lighting/projection bod.

Currently based in Portugal and earlier in Orgiva, Spain ….. He has followed so many other, ex-traveller types,  getting out of the UK,  after the anti-gathering laws occured. Personally, although I don’t get to see him as often as I would like ….. But, I’m glad he has left, because I think in the UK, they would have locked him up by now.

He’s told me they have a convoy mission, overland to India, later in the year. I love him muchly, and wish him well.

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 So as not to leave anyone out ….. My daughter and 3 grandchildren.  I guess I’ll put up more of these in time, but still trying to sort lots to upload yet.

This short film is about the young people who were born into the free festival scene that flowered and bloomed through a counterculture in 80’s Britain. From the Stonehenge free festival to the merging of the so called ‘New Age Traveller’s’ and the underground dance scene at Castlemorton and beyond these kids have lived a unique life of ups and downs, grown up in freedom and felt the violent force of the state – Operation Solstice: The Battle of the Beanfield. They have seen the negative effects of laws tailored to curb and their lifestyle in the form of amendments to the Public Order Act and later the new Criminal Justice Act which criminalised their existence. This coupled with the over commercialisation of the UK festival scene that their families dedication helped to create has left the second generation of New Travelers kids with an uncertain future… Until now…. Site4Life.

They say –  Site4life are 2nd and 3rd generation new travellers who have an amazing amount of talent in making music, performance and art. They have grown up surrounded by festivals and free parties which their parents helped create. This new generation are looking for a positive future.
As a group we will travel and perform at Festivals and local community projects.
We also have plans to build a mobile recording studio. The aim of Site4Life is education for our youth and chances to show case their talent.
We hope to build bridges into mainstream culture for these new travellers.

http://site-4-life.org

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

May you have a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the new year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Christmas a joyful occasion celebrated throughout western civilisation, and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual orientation of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. 

· This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. 
· It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. 
· It implies no promise of the wisher to actually implement the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.
· This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and said warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

So ……… there you ‘ave it.

Happy Christmas all

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Tues 1 Jan – Thurs 31 Jan, Climate Camp: ‘Time 2 Act’ : How 2,500 people got together to call for an end to aviation expansion and work out solutions for a lower-impact society. A digital photographic exhibition showing on small screens at the Broadway.

The photographers from climate camp have an exhibition based around large photographic display boards with text. It opened in London at the end of October and will be touring.
 
Based on their work there will be a digital photographic exhibition on tv screens in the broadway from 1st-31st Jan.
They are also up for bringing their work to events with wider submissions/installations, presentations and so forth.
In London there were speakers and an open discussion, and the event was recorded and broadcasted on the radio.
Leeds are hosting it in the first half of February.

View work from the contributing photographers.

A (very) misty morning in Woodthorpe Park, Sherwood, Nottingham. Sometimes you have to get up really early to capture this atmosphere.

Today though, it wasn’t necessary, since it stayed like this, all bloody day.

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